Keeping Focus on Impaired Driving

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 6 a.m. January 8, 2020

Toronto Police made over 1,000 impaired driving arrests in 2019 – 1,117 alcohol related and 75 for drug impairment.

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A RIDE spotcheck being conducted right before Christmas

During the Holiday RIDE from November 29 to December 31, there were 122 impaired driving-related arrests.

“Looking at the numbers, they tell me that drivers are still not planning ahead and they are choosing to drink and drive,” said Traffic Services Sgt. Jason Kraft.

Last year, a total of 861 RIDE programs were deployed. There were 305 spot checks from November 29 to December 31, resulting in 51 three-day suspensions being issued during that period.

“Unfortunately, we know that for every person arrested for impaired driving, there are many that go undetected and it’s for that reason that we rely on our road safety partners and members of the public to call 9-1-1 when they suspect someone is driving impaired,” said Kraft.

In 2019, police received over 9,410 calls from members of the public.“To all of our community partners, media and volunteers that helped create safer roads through awareness, education and enforcement, we thank you,” Kraft said. “To everyone that planned ahead, aimed for zero and continue to contribute to safer communities, we thank you.”

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